Civil War Trust's map of the Battle of Trevilian Station (Day One)
Hoping to disrupt supply lines, draw attention away from General Grant's movements, and link up with additional forces near Charlottesville, Union Major General Philip Sheridan launched a large-scale cavalry raid in June of 1864. Near Trevilian Station, Virginia, his command clashed with Confederate cavalry under Generals Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee. A portion of the Union cavalry under General George Custer slipped between the two Confederate divisions and managed to capture a wagon train full of supplies. However, Confederate cavalrymen quickly caught up and they found themselves surrounded, fired upon from all sides in what has been called "Custer's First Last Stand." Only Sheridan's arrival with reinforcements saved these Michigan regiments from destruction. By the time night fell on June 11th, Union troops held Trevilian Station.